8 Days Program - Lakes & Ecological Parks in Greece
Athens – Lake Plastira – Kalambaka – Meteora – Metsovo – Ioannina – Bourazani Educational Park
Day 1: Arrival in Athens
Αrrive Athens and start your journey for a life-changing experience. Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to the centre of the city. On route to the hotel you will have a first glance of the ancient treasures and Christian history in a condensed city tour with the bus where our guide will point out the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Presidential Palace and the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as the Kallimarmaro (the "beautifully marbled"), an athletic stadium in the centre of Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Afternoon free in Athens to relax and enjoy the flavour of the city.
Day 2: Athens - Acropolis – Old city
Following breakfast today we will visit Athens the foundation of democracy. Early morning visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. Additional sites include the Agora (ancient market place and centre of Athenian public life) and the fabulous New Acropolis Museum. A short walk through the narrow streets of the Old city, the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes. You cannot miss the little church of "Panagia Kapnikarea” one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Athens in the middle of Ermou Street that dates back to 1050 and the Annunciation Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, popularly known as the "Mētrópolis" on Mitropoleos street. Evening free.
Day 3: Athens – Lake Plastiras – Kalambaka
After breakfast, we depart for central Greece and the Lake Plastiras, the jewel of Western Thessaly. You will visit the area of the artificial lake, set amidst the spectacular Agrafa mountains, the park that has been created in the vicinity of the Megdova dam and you will have a guided educational tour walking through forest tracks on the mountain. Afternoon arrival in Kalambaka at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of the Meteora, check in your Hotel, time free to explore the little picturesque town. Overnight.Day 4: Kalambaka – Meteora – Metsovo
After breakfast visit to the most important of all Monasteries, which crown the summits of these formidable pinnaclesthe, the Great Meteoro, Varlaam and Agios Stefanos. Continuing our journey to the north, late afternoon we arrive at Metsovo one of the most beautiful and traditional towns of the entire prefecture of Epirus, situated on the mountains, a place of natural beauty, famous for its cheeses and strong red wines. Check in your hotel and time free to explore by your own. Overnight.Day 5: Metsovo – Ioannina
After breakfast departure from Metsovo following a scenic route through the mountains, you will arrive in Ioannina the biggest city of Epirus and capital of the region, built along side of lake ‘Pamvotis'. You will visit the little island in the lake where you will also see Byzantine Monasteries with beautiful frescos. Walking around the old city in and around the Castle, you will find traditional houses inhabited even today, the Byzantine Museum and the Treasury, as well as many little shops with exquisite silver pieces of Art. Overnight.Day 6: Ioannina – Bourazani Park
After breakfast early departure for Konitsa 64 klm. from Ioannina, at the National Park of Vikos-Aoos. We will visit the famous Mastorochoria of Konitsa with rich cultural and musical tradition. Continuing the journey will reach The Educational Park ‘Bourazani' where you will observe the animals in their natural environment and will be given useful information on these animals and their biological circles. Late afternoon return to Ioannina. Overnight.Day 7: Ioannina – Athens
After breakfast departure from Ioannina, stopping at the Vrelis Wax Museum and then continuing from the beautiful town of Arta and the Amvrakikos Bay, one of Europe's major wetlands as it offers refuge to more ducks and coots than any other in Greece. In the afternoon return to Athens. Overnight.Day 8: Athens - Return
Transfer from your Hotel to the Airport for your return flight home.